Lot of things have happened since the last update. I didn't win the award I had applied to in order to conduct research in Japan. However, the facility I intended to work in has said they will invite me for the Summer anyway, so hopefully I'll still get to work in Japan come July or so. Just waiting for an update from them.
Haven't really made any changes to the car since the last update. The first drift event of the season, the SCCA drift "school" will be in the middle of April, which I'm looking forward to. I'll be able to get an idea of how much I improved over a years time since my first drift event was the same drift school last year.
Also, unrelated to drifting, I've taken up short-track speedskating after seeing the Winter olympics in Vancouver last month. I remember the first time I wanted to try speedskating after watching the Salt Lake City olympic games 8 years ago in 2002 but had no options in Arizona. Now that I'm currently in Seattle where there is a "decent" speedskating scene, I'm giving the sport a shot. My first time trying it was on February 20th. All I can say about it right now is that it's insanely hard and scary at times.